Retroperitoneal fibrosis compensation claims
The following guide looks at everything you must know about making a retroperitoneal fibrosis compensation claim.
Retroperitoneal fibrosis is also known as Ormond's disease. When the mass of fibrous tissue develops at the back of the abdomen, it can cause numerous problems. The Courts recognise that the symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis can be painful and extremely disruptive to an individuals life and ability to work. Symptoms include:
- Back, stomach and abdominal pain
- Fever, vomiting and nausea
- Weight loss and fatigue
- Kidney damage and in severe cases kidney failure
When making a compensation award or settlement, the specific symptoms an injured claimant is experiencing will be considered, along with their impact on the individual's life.
If you have been diagnosed with retroperitoneal fibrosis in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
In many cases the cause of retroperitoneal fibrosis is not known.
However, studies have shown that exposure to asbestos can be a cause, and as a result it may be possible to make an asbestos-related compensation claim. A medical examination and report, carried out by an independent medical specialist, will be a key piece of evidence when attempting to demonstrate a link.
Your solicitor will arrange for a medical to be carried out in support of your claim.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The connection between asbestos exposure and retroperitoneal fibrosis is not widely known. The condition often develops many years after the exposure took place - usually 40 to 60 years later.
Compensation claims are normally restricted to a 3-year time limit. In the case of long-gestating conditions, the time limit applies from the date you became aware of the condition.
If you think you may have developed retroperitoneal fibrosis as a result of asbestos exposure in the work place, it is important to ensure that the doctor or consultant who examines you is aware of your exposure to asbestos in the past.
Claiming compensation for retroperitoneal fibrosis due to asbestos exposure can be complex. Family members of individuals who worked in asbestos exposed areas may have been indirectly exposed by coming into contact with asbestos-contaminated clothes or hair.
If a family member develops retroperitoneal fibrosis later in life, it can be more difficult to prove when making a compensation claim. A solicitor will be able to discuss your options with you in such a case.
When making a compensation claim for retroperitoneal fibrosis from asbestos exposure, an individual may be able to claim for:
- The pain and suffering caused
- The cost of treatments and other expenses
- The impact on a person's quality of life
- Income lost due to incapacity as a result of the condition
Claims can be made against the company responsible for the exposure to asbestos. If the company is no longer trading, it may be possible to make a claim against the insurance company that was insuring your former employer at the time of the exposure.
Quittance's panel of solicitors are experienced in making such compensation claims, and will be able to guide you through the process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
A no win no fee agreement (more correctly called a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and a suitably qualified solicitor.
A CFA is essentially the conditions under which the solicitor is instructed by the client.
The CFA sets out what the lawyers will do and how he is paid if the compensation claim is ultimately successful.
If you decide to choose Quittance for your retroperitoneal fibrosis claim there are absolutely no extra costs in the terms and conditions , no up-front fees and the reassurance that you wont be out of pocket.
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About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.
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